Both Japan’s wooden door and wooden window import values rebounded in March

While the sharp drop in imports of wooden door(HS441820) in February, the rebound in the value in March was more of a surprise. Year on year, the value of wooden door imports in March dropped a further 18 per cent adding to the year on year decline seen in February. For the first quarter 2020 there was a 22 per cent decline in the value of wooden door imports.

As in previous months, shippers in China and the Philippines dominated Japan’s March 2020 imports of wooden doors (HS441820). The main shipper, China, accounted for 47 per cent of all door imports. Shippers in the Philippines saw a decline in market share in March, slipping to 24 per cent from the 35 per cent in February. The other major shipper was Indonesia which accounted for 7.5 per cent of the value of imports in March.

Wooden window import value surges 50 per cent in March, compared to February

As was the case with door imports, the value of wooden window imports (HS441810) in March 2020 was significantly up on February. However, year on year March wooden window import values were down 12 per cent and for the first quarter Japan’s wooden window imports were down 21 per cent compared to the first quarter 2019.

As in previous months the main suppliers of wooden windows in March 2020 were China (39 per cent of imports), the U.S. (32 per cent) and the Philippines (18 per cent). Month on month March 2020 import values surged almost 50 per cent.